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To Be More Effective

1) Set yourself up for Small Wins
2) Keep a list of what needs to be done
3) Create a habitual time to get things done, keep your energy in mind
4) Focus on what will not change
5) If you need people’s help, there are two arguments you must make, analytical and emotional
6) People will not change unless the change makes their job easier, you remove all other options, or sometimes if it makes something possible as long as the reward is proximate to the effort
7) Give them charge and then give them room
8) 80/20

Raspberry Pi Wifi Edimax Dongle

Here are the steps it took to get my Edimax EW-7811Un wireless usb adapter up and running:

goto: sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces and update with:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet manual

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

auto wlan1
allow-hotplug wlan1
iface wlan1 inet static
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
address XXX.XXX.X.XX #your static IP assigned by router
gateway XXX.XXX.X.XXX #your router

goto: sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf and update with

trl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

ssid=”Wireless Name”
psk=”Wireless Password”

sudo route add default gw XXX.XXX.X.XX
# router

sudo ifdown wlan1
sudo ifup wlan1

My System For Personal Organization

At some point you stop waiting for time, and realize that time is waiting for you. If you aren’t where you want to be in life, when you come to this realization, it can be an empowering, energetic, feeling. Hopefully. You take that energy and use it to build a bridge to that place you want to be.

I used it to develop a 20 year vision: then necessary goals and habits to get there. I had some difficulty developing a clear vision of what I want. I have not reviewed much of Brian Tracey’s material in detail, but the blog of his, I stumbled upon, provided some insight.

With a clear vision in mind, I wrote down my goals and soon to be habits while ensuring they fit my vision. I then set off to develop a system to track and measure my progress.

Having had difficulty in executing past goals, I needed to figure out a means to create milestones, time to work on these milestones, and a trigger to work.

I started by creatin a time allocation schedule(in Google Sheets), to plot my routine to work on my goals and good habits, which I will review every Sunday.

I used Strides to create a dashboard and monitor and track my habits and goals. Some goals were better suited for Strides than others, habits were a great fit. For instance it was easy to set a habit to Meditate three times a week, and monitor progress. On the other hand, the App had difficulty accommodating my goals to read 12 books, or take two online-courses. I settled by creating a “reading” project in Strides and then created 12 milestones, one for each book I wanted to read in the coming year. Similarly, I created a separate project with two milestones, one for each course I want to take. To track these, I must manually enter and estimate my progress on a 100 point scale.

One large goal in particular, requires a significant number of milestones that will likely change as I progress and learn. Therefore, my “Dare to Dream(DTD)” goal as I call it, is entered in Strides as a time average. In other words, I hope to commit 12 hours per week to start.

I created a Board in Trello to organize my thoughts and create tasks to achieve my DTD goal.

And finally I used Evernote as a real world notebook to record anything that comes to mind that does not fit in one of my other systems.

A couple quotes too long for twitter.

Focus on the things that will not change.
-Jeff Bezos

The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.
— Warren Buffett

Change of Course: Self Education

As of just 60 minutes ago I completed the second session of Professor Peter Corke’s Introduction to Robotics undergraduate course, Robotic Vision. This was a truly fantastic experience, for me, this course denoted the advent of the MOOC. The first MOOC of sufficient inspiration to warrant finishing. At its close I am left with quite an urge and energy for further learning. It is some coincidence that I have discovered Scott Young’s MIT Challenge. The thought had come to me a couple of years ago, unfortunately at the time I was not aware of Scott’s efforts. After reviewing his journey, it seems to merit further investigation. Next on the list: Single Variable Calculus.

Autonomous Cars

Interesting excerpt from MIT’s technology reveiw.

Bonnefon and co say these issues raise many important questions: “Is it acceptable for an autonomous vehicle to avoid a motorcycle by swerving into a wall, considering that the probability of survival is greater for the passenger of the car, than for the rider of the motorcycle? Should different decisions be made when children are on board, since they both have a longer time ahead of them than adults, and had less agency in being in the car in the first place? If a manufacturer offers different versions of its moral algorithm, and a buyer knowingly chose one of them, is the buyer to blame for the harmful consequences of the algorithm’s decisions?”